Venerable Yeshe Gyaltsen and Ms. Palmo from DOE, Central Tibetan Administration were here in our school for two days ( 16-17 May 2018) as part of five month program on creating awareness about Secular Ethics in Tibetan schools and Tibetan community. The first day of his talk was attended by around 350 students of class X till XII, and the second day by all the staff members of Upper TCV. It was funded by Fonds De Dotation Mon Ou, France. The talk cum interaction was held at Dekyi Tsering Hall in the evening. Ms. Palmo gave a welcome speech followed by brief introduction about Geshe Yeshe Gyaltsen from Sera Monastry who was the key speaker on Secular Ethic Beyond Religion.
Venerable Geshe Yeshi Gyaltsen began with the brief overview about how the idea or a concept about Secular Ethics Beyond Religion was formally initiated and conceived by HH The Dalai Lama .He said that it is based on two books by HH The Dalai Lama (i.e, Ethics for the New Millennium and The Secular Ethics Beyond Religion) and public talk in Europe ,America and England in early 70’s.
Compassion, warm heartedness, altruistic mind, universal responsibility, contentment, tolerance etc are some of the important human values that HH the Dalai Lama has been sharing with the people around the world. He further said that teachers have a great role in stimulating the ethical values latent in the minds of our youngsters. To this end, teacher must have three basic criteria and he/she should be a role model for the students.
As envisioned by HH the Dalai Lama, Emory University in America has already incorporated Secular Ethics in their educational curriculum and it has now become time tested program in their university. Since it is becoming very urgent and realistic in the fast changing materialistic world , DOE, Central Tibetan Administration is leaving no stones unturned to create awareness about Secular Ethics and making sure to fit it into the school curriculum by organizing many high level meetings, discussion , workshops and related programs over the years.
For better understanding and interaction with the audience, Ven. Yeshi Gyaltsen left the podium open for question answer session where we get to see many questions and answers pouring in from both the end. Mr. Tsultrim Dorjee, The School Village Director proposed a vote of thanks to Ven. Yeshi Gyaltsen and the organizer by offering traditional white scarf and a handsome gift as a token of gratitude.